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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local charity ‘Friends of Sick Children in Malawi’ to support future strategy


Andrew Mitchell MP has met with Gordon Cowie MBE in the Royal Town to discuss future plans for Friends of Sick Children in Malawi, a UK charity which aims to develop a sustainable paediatric service in the region. Mr Cowie, who Mr Mitchell had previously met while working as Secretary of State for International Development, founded the charity over ten years ago after visiting Malawi and witnessing first-hand the devastating lack of paediatric care.

Friends of Sick Children in Malawi currently works in partnership with The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi in Blantyre, south Malawi, and has raised £2 million in the last ten years. Since its conception the charity has helped lower infant mortality rates in the hospital and encourage paediatricians to continue to practice in their own nation.

During the meeting, Andrew Mitchell MP underlined that there has always been a great deal of activity and support from Sutton’s many charities and churches in support of Malawi which is “adopted” by the Church of England Diocese.
Following the meeting, Mr Mitchell said “Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world where life expectancy is 25 years lower than it is in the UK. Both Mr Cowie and Friends of Sick Children in Malawi are doing exceptional work inevitably fighting against a lack of resources and staff. I hope Birmingham and Sutton’s close involvement in a variety of ways with Malawi will continue and prosper.”

Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local charity ‘Friends of Sick Children in Malawi’ to support future strategy


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